• Industry welcomes Victorian Opposition’s commitment to Australian-made paper

    The peak bodies representing Australian and Victorian forest industries have warmly welcomed the Victorian Liberals and Nationals’ election commitment to use Australian-made paper wherever practical in State Government departments, from mid-2019, CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Mr Ross Hampton and CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), Mr Tim Johnston […]

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  • Media release – Victorian RFAs extension welcome but longer-term certainty needed

    The peak associations representing Victoria’s sustainably managed timber industry have cautiously welcomed today’s Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) announcement, but say that much more needs to be done to secure the long-term future for the thousands of Victorian jobs dependent on secure resource supply.

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  • Media release – Batman by-election shows parties should focus on core issues

    Polling commissioned by forest industries ahead of the weekend’s Batman by-election showed core issues such as health and education, rather than another national park, was the deciding factor for the majority of voters. Of Labor voters surveyed, most cared far more about the traditional anchor issues of health and education services than the proposal for […]

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  • Media statement – Federal Court case

    Last November, the group Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum (FLBP) brought action in the Federal Court arguing that as the five yearly review of the RFA covering the Central Highlands was overdue, this invalidated the RFA and its exemption under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act [EPBC Act].  

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  • Letter to the Editor – The Weekly Times

    The article ‘Forest plan fires debate (11/10/17)’ confirms what the forest, fibre and wood products industry has known all along – that the plan for the proposed GFNP has one goal: to shut down the native timber industry.

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  • Statement on Australian Sustainable Hardwoods

    Following the announcement from the Victorian Government on the purchase of the Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) mill at Heyfield, Tim Johnston, the CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), the peak body for the forest, fibre, and wood products industry, has made the following statement: VAFI welcomes the announcement of the agreement that […]

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  • Forestry Better Business Program Launched Nationally

    VAFI has welcomed the launch of the Forestry Better Business Program. The program was officially launched last week at an event in Launceston, and is now available nationally. Speaking at the launch event, Diana Lloyd, General Manager of ForestWorks, said the Forestry Better Business Program offers an efficient tool that enables businesses to identify and maintain […]

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  • Notice of application to cancel registration with the Fair Work Commission

    This notice is to inform that as of 14 September 2017, the Victorian Association of Forest Industries has lodged an application to cancel its registration under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (RO Act), in accordance with s.30(1)(a) of the RO Act and the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009 (RO Regulations). 

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  • VAFI Media Statement on Australian Sustainable Hardwoods

    VAFI welcomes the announcement that an in-principle agreement has been reached between ASH and the government, that will see sawmilling continue in Heyfield. We hope that this agreement will secure work for employees of the mill, and support the local community that relies on these jobs.

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  • Funding for Plantation Establishment Welcomed

    The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) welcomes the announcement in the Victorian State Budget of $110 million in funding towards plantation establishment in the Latrobe Valley.      

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